How to enable unlimited skips in iTunes Radio

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

iTunes Radio Unlimited has been available on Cydia for quite some time, but I just recently decided to give it a shot. Prior to this month, I’d only used iTunes Radio a handful of times, but I changed my tune while working on the ultimate Music app guide for iOS 7.

In that guide, I broke down every aspect of the stock Music app, which includes iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a nice feature, but the song skip limit, which keeps your skips per station to just six an hour, felt extremely limiting.

In steps iTunes Radio Unlimited. This jailbreak tweak gets rid of the skip limit and the iTunes Radio ads, even if you’re not an iTunes Match subscriber. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see how it works in action. Read More

 

How to disable “Cover Flow” in the iOS 7 Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

The traditional Cover Flow feature that’s been a staple of the Music app for many years was finally retired in iOS 7. It was replaced with a cool new album art view that appears when placing your device into landscape orientation.

While the new-fangled Cover Flow view (I’ll just call it Cover Flow for lack of an official name) is pleasing to the eyes, some may find it to be an annoyance at best and a hinderance at worst. Needless to say, its usability is questionable, and it arguably places style over substance and convenience.

With that being said, there is a way outright prevent the Cover Flow view from being displayed when placing your device in landscape mode. The solution to the problem is a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoCoverFlow7. Read More

 

PowerDown Pro: add more options to the iPhone’s power down interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 30, 2014

PowerDown Pro is a jailbreak tweak that adds extra options to the power down screen that appears on your iPhone after holding the sleep button. Normally, this menu contains a single option—slide to power off—but with PowerDown Pro, three additional options are put into play.

Each of the available options—reboot, respring, safe mode, and shut down—can be accessed using swipe gestures on the red rectangle box found on the power down screen. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see how it works in action. Read More

 

Auxo 2 jailbreak tweak coming to Cydia April 2nd

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2014

Good news jailbreakers. The dev group A3 tweaks announced earlier today that Auxo 2, the highly anticipated sequel to their original jailbreak tweak, is nearing completion and should be ready for release sometime this week.

We first saw evidence of Auxo 2 at the beginning of the month, when the group’s UI designer Sentry posted a pair of 6-second video clips teasing some of the tweak’s features. And today, a much longer trailer has been posted… Read More

 

WSJ: Amazon working on free video streaming service

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Much of the tech world seems to be infatuated with Office for iPad today, but I think what’s going on over at Amazon is more interesting. Not only is the company expected to unveil a new TV device next week, and working on Internet radio, but a new report claims it’s also building a Hulu-like service.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Amazon is planning a free, ad-supported streaming service that will offer video content to all customers—not just Prime members. The outlet says the service could be used to stream original Amazon shows as well as other licensed programming… Read More

 

Popular PC game ‘Faster Than Light’ landing on iPad next week

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Good news for gamers this afternoon, as it’s been announced that the popular PC/Mac title Faster Than Light will be making its way to the iPad next week. The developers announced the release date via the official FTL Twitter account, and said it will be accompanied by a free desktop content expansion pack.

For those who are unfamiliar with FTL, it’s a top-down, real-time strategy game that has players managing a crew and its faster-than-light spacecraft as it flies through multiple galaxy systems. In it, you’ll face off against rebel and other hostile forces, recruit new crew members and ensure your ship’s safety… Read More

 

How to add a rain effect to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Rain Lock is a jailbreak tweak that lets you add custom “rain” effects to the iPhone’s Lock screen. The rain is really just text, which can be custom text or one of the two built-in text effects.

As you may have already figured out, Rain Lock isn’t the type of tweak that adds enhanced functionality to your iPhone, neither does it help you work smarter—it’s a tweak that’s unapologetically centered on visual flair. And that’s okay, because that’s what Rain Lock does well, and it gets it right for the most part. Mosey on inside for a look into how Rain Lock works via our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More

 

How to add a fake fingerprint sensor to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

No, that wasn’t a typo. There’s a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that allows you to fake the functionality of a fingerprint scanner on your iOS 7 device. Geared towards folks without a Touch ID enabled device like the iPhone 5s, this tweak does its best to fake the security benefits of a fingerprint scanner.

If only it were possible to actually fake the security of the Touch ID sensor. Spoiler: it’s not. And as such, this tweak, ironically entitled Bio, falls squarely into the mix with other “joke” jailbreak tweaks used for comedic effect. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump to see Bio in action. Read More

 

Customize Notification Center with BetterNC7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

BetterNC7 is a jailbreak tweak geared towards the Notification Center in iOS 7. It’s one of those tweaks that contains a ton of different toggles to disable or enable certain features.

I’ve never been a huge fan of tweaks like this, just because they seem to add features just for the sake of saying they have a lot of features. That said, there are some nice settings to be found within BetterNC7′s preferences, so it’s worth checking out. Have a look inside to see some of the details on video. Read More

 

Here’s another way to speed up animations in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Speed Intensifier is a tweak that’s been around for some time, but was just recently updated to play nice with iOS 7 and arm64 devices like the iPhone 5s. The effect, especially when you take into consideration the drastic animation changes present within iOS 7, is nothing short of startling.

If you’re looking to speed up, at least in perception, the speed of your device, then look no further. Speed Intensifier allows you to significantly increase the speed of animations found within iOS 7, and it does so while allowing you to keep iOS 7′s trademarked style. Check out our full video walkthrough inside, which showcases Speed Intensifier in action. Read More

 

TimeForAlarm 2: display the time remaining before an alarm clock sounds

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 27, 2014

Have you ever tried to calculate in your mind how many hours you have to sleep before you need to wake up? I think we all do that from time to time, and more than not, it ends up with us being anxious about the fact that we don’t have much time to sleep. But that aside, there’s a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that performs this countdown function for your automatically, and it’s called TimeForAlarm 2.

TimeForAlarm 2 is a free jailbreak tweak that places a handy countdown timer right beside the alarm clock in your stock Clock app. It’s a great way to instantly figure out how much time you have remaining before your alarm clock sounds. Want to see how it works in action? Take a gander at our video walkthrough after the break. Read More

 

Glitch discovered in iOS 7.1 lets you hide stock apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2014

Folks who updated to iOS 7.1 earlier this month may be interested in this newly-discovered glitch that allows you to hide stock iOS apps. It’s very similar to last year’s Newsstand glitch, in that it involves a multi-step process and doesn’t [obviously] require a jailbreak.

The glitch is present on both iPhones and iPads, and is relatively easy to exploit. All you have to do, essentially, is create a folder full of apps you wish to hide, drop it in another folder, and then remove it. Interested? Keep reading for a full step-by-step video tutorial… Read More

 

Winocm shows off iPad triple-booting iOS 5.1, 6.1.3 and 7.0.6

By Cody Lee on Mar 25, 2014

This is pretty interesting. Hacker winocm has posted a new video of his iPad triple-booting into multiple versions of iOS. The clip shows his hacked tablet booting up and running in iOS 5.1, and then its ability to quickly switch to iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 7.0.6.

Winocm has made quite the name for himself around the jailbreak community as both a hacker and a tinkerer. Last week he posted a video of his jailbroken (untethered) iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1, and don’t forget he helped iH8sn0w create p0sixspwnRead More

 

How to add a color keyboard to iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2014

Sometimes you just want to switch up the look and feel of things, and that is what Color Keyboard for iOS 7 allows you to do. As you might have imagined, Color Keyboard is not new to the jailbreak scene. It’s a tweak that’s been available for lesser firmware, but was just recently updated to cooperate with iOS 7.

If you’ve used Color Keyboard in the past, then you’ll be intimately familiar with the contents of the iOS 7 version of the tweak. If you want to change up the look of your keyboard, then Color Keyboard for iOS 7 is one of the best tweaks that you can use. Have a look inside as we delve into Color Keyboard for iOS 7′s feature-set on video. Read More

 

How to enable swipe-to-delete in the stock Clock app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but I find it really annoying when there’s not a swipe-to-delete option available in an application. One good example of this is found in the stock Clock app. On its world clock tab, you are forced to use the edit button in the upper left-hand corner in order to delete a clock.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add swipe-to-delete functionality and cut the amount of gestures necessary to delete a clock down from three to two? That’s the premise behind Edit Clocks—it makes deleting clocks found in the stock Clock app uber-intuitive and easy. Have a look at our video demonstration of the tweak in action after the break. Read More

 

How to change the color of the Calendar icon’s text

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2014

Colendar is a brand new jailbreak tweak from developer Julian Weiss that allows you to change up the color of the text present on the stock Calendar app. The tweak, which is geared towards themers, also works with Ryan Petrich’s Gregorian calendar app.

Included in Colendar’s preferences are options to adjust the color of the day and date text and offset parameters for adjusting the location of the text assets as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for more insight… Read More

 

Video: excavators tearing through old HP buildings on iSpaceship site

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

An interesting video has popped up on YouTube seemingly depicting excavators tearing through old Hewlett-Packard office buildings on Apple’s 176-acre parcel, the future home of the company’s upcoming 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped iSpaceship headquarters, also known as Campus 2.

Apple received unanimous approval for the project from the Cupertino City Council last October, prompting the company to start demolishing the site the following month. A set of aerial photographs dated February 2014 show most of the existing buildings demolished so the video was most likely captured late last year… Read More

 

How to place folders within folders on iOS 7.1

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 21, 2014

Just when the ability to create nested folders appeared to be removed from iOS 7.1, iPhone enthusiast Jose Rodriguez has revealed a simple new trick that allows you to once again place folders within folders on the latest software version. iDownloadBlog and multiple users confirm that this quick hack works as advertised on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 7.1. Instructions are outlined ahead…  Read More

 

Winocm shows off untethered iOS 7.1 jailbreak on iPhone 4

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2014

Well known hacker and future Apple employee winocm posted a video demonstrating an untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1 earlier today. The video, which he posted to YouTube, shows off what appears to be an untethered jailbreak on a Verizon iPhone 4.

In a brief tweet, winocm sent out a link to the video with the caption ‘iOS 7.1 untethered boot.’ Now, details regarding the clip are very scarce right now, but the fact it exists is fueling hope for folks on newer firmware wanting to jailbreak their devices… Read More

 

Review: ProWidgets

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 19, 2014

One of the most highly anticipated jailbreak tweaks to surface in some time has been released on Cydia. I’m, of course, referring to ProWidgets—a brand new jailbreak tweak that we previewed extensively last week. To celebrate its release, we’re bringing you our hands-on review.

ProWidgets is a release that we discussed in-depth on today’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak as well. Be sure to have a listen to hear Sebastien, Cody’s, and I talk about the pluses and minuses of the tweak.

Without further ado, step inside to read our take on the final version of ProWidgets. We’ll show you what makes the tweak so compelling, and why the future is even more exciting. Read More